Quebec-based duo Fjord are masters at creating lush, ambient pop, rich in both synthesized and recorded textures.
‘Lay Down Your Veil’ is the first single off Fjord’s forthcoming ‘Shallow Waters’ EP, which was written in Quebec City, produced in London with the help of TimBran (BlocParty, LondonGrammar, LaRoux), and features live string recordings from the Quebec Symphonic Orchestra.
Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Japanese House, Daughter, Solomon Grey
New York-based sister act Chaos Chaos share their new single, ‘Dripping With Fire’.
Formerly in the band Smoosh, who performed with the likes of Bloc Party and Cat Power, the siblings are no beginners when it comes to playing in the music scene.
‘Dripping With Fire’ sheds light on sisterhood, and all its conflicts and memorabilia. Watch the video below, directed by Stephanie Dimiskovksi and inspired by Tina Barney’s portraits of families and Crystal Moselle‘s documentary ‘The Wolfpack’.
30 Nov – Neumos @ Seattle, WA
1 Dec – Biltmore Cabaret @ Vancouver, BC
2 Dec – Obsidian @ Olympia, WA
3 Dec – Aladdin Theater @ Portland, OR
5 Dec – Starline Social Club @ Oakland, CA
6 Dec – Catalyst Atrium @ Santa Cruz, CA
7 Dec – Soho @ Santa Barbara, CA
8 Dec – The Irenic @ San Diego, CA
9 Dec – The Regent Theater @ Los Angeles, CA
10 Dec – Constellation Room @ Santa Ana, CA
Sounds like: Tennis, Emma Louise, IDER, Lucius, Niki & The Dove
NYC synth-rockers, VHS Collection, return with ‘The Black’.
Channelling some Chris Isaak vibes (possibly as a result of only using analogue gear during the track’s recording), the light electronic floor filler is paradoxically about the darkest and ugliest emotions you suffer during a breakup.
It’s taken off their ‘Stereo Hype’ EP.
Sounds like: The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Savoir Adore, Bloc Party, Brandon Flowers, Future Islands, The Bravery, MOTHXR, Empire Of The Sun
Former high school friends and now housemates Edvard Hakansson, Gilbert Hulme and Jack McKenzie are Melbourne-based band, Osaka. They spend all of their spare moments practising in their own attic studio, and the result is an adhesive and energetic sound.
Whilst Osaka cites musicians and bands they look up to as The Strokes, Foals, Phoenix, Taylor McFerrin and The National, lead singer Edvard says this:
“We try not to directly listen to what our influences are doing. Instead, we know what we like to hear and always aim to make the music we want to hear – to be that band that we can never find in our library. In our writing, we want you to be able to hear an emotion, and feel it when you listen at a deeper level to the songs.”
‘Vessel’ was recorded with Malcolm Besley (Client Liaison, City Calm Down, Snakadaktal) and is out today.
Petite Noir is South African Yannick Ilunga. You may recognise his name; he was the front man of electronic band, Popskarr and advocate of Capital of Cool.
The new track ‘Chess’ is produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode). The lyrics were constructed following an instant message conversation that Noir had on the day of recording. The new lyrics, rewritten about the demise of a relationship, instantly replaced the original lyrics Noir was preparing to record that very day.
The accompanying video was directed by Cieron Magat and was inspired by the works of Ghanaian photographer, Philip Kwame Apagya. Watch the video below:
The track has been taken from the forthcoming ‘King of Anxiety EP’, which is released 19 January 2015 via Domino’s sister label, Double Six.
Pop soulstress V V Brown has teamed up with Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke for the new version of ‘Faith’.
The track was originally featured on Brown’s ‘Samson & Delilah’ LP, which has a darker and edgier approach in comparison to her first album. This is thanks to Mercury Award winning producer Dave Okumu, who co-produced the LP with Brown.
The new version of the track is released on 28 April via YOY Records and can be pre-ordered on iTunes.
Half-Portuguese, half-American remix pro RAC lives in Portland, Oregon and has created over 200 indie-pop remixes for a wide range of interesting artists. He has now ventured into original releases, and has produced debut EP ‘Don’t Talk To‘ due for release on October 14th.
The first release is ‘Let Go‘ featuring MNDR and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party. It is a fun and catchy electro-pop indietronica tune, with a magnificently creepy video about a man being in a relationship with a cannibal and having to turn her in to the police. RAC makes a cool cameo playing some of his instruments as an invisible observer to the horror or this story.
RAC has announced his debut album will be out early 2014. The ‘Don’t Talk To’ EP will include:
1. Let Go (feat. Kele & MNDR)
2. Hollywood (feat. Penguin Prison)
3. Tourist (feat. Tokyo Police Club)
4. We Belong (feat. Katie Herzig)
Sounds like; Penguin Prison, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Yeasayer